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14 November 2005






                       The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) have approved St Andrew’s Mission Hospital (SAMH)’s proposal to start a special education school to cater to adolescents aged 13 to 18 with moderate to severe autism. The school will begin operations in January 2006.


2                     Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education, announced this at the ‘Concert of Love’ organised for children with disabilities at the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA)’s school auditorium on 14 Nov 2005.


3                     The new special education school, which has been named St Andrew’s Autism School, will be part of the St Andrew’s Autism Centre[1] which is currently at the planning stage for construction. As the centre will boast a continuum of services, from education to respite services, pupils of the St Andrew’s Autism School  and their families will benefit from a one-stop service. The school will also provide a continued educational pathway for teenagers with autism.


4                     The projected enrolment for St Andrew’s Autism School  in 2006 is 50 and it will progressively increase its enrolment to 400 by 2010.


5                     The school will be temporarily housed at the premises of the St Andrew’s Community Hospital in Simei while the St Andrew’s Autism Centre at Elliot Road is being built.  St Andrew’s Autism Schoolis expected to be completed at the end of 2008.


6                     Quote from Mr Hawazi Daipi: “The school will complement the programmes provided by the other SPED schools and provide an educational pathway for teenagers with autism. MOE will continue to support the work of the Voluntary Welfare Organisations and the community so that together, we can be more effective in our efforts to help every child reach his full potential.”


7                     Quote from Mr Gerard Ee, President National Council of Social Service: “NCSS is very pleased with the opening of St Andrew’s Autism School. The school will be the third to be opened in Singapore  in the last two years, and it reflects the commitment the Government has shown, to address the needs of teenagers with autism.”


[1]  St Andrew’s Autism Centre will house the Special Education School, Day Activity Centre, Clinic & Rehabilitation Centre, Training & Resource Centre for Parents, Vocational Training Centre and Respite Centre.


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